Megan Watson

Megan Watson

Berner Klaw & Watson
  • Family Law, Arbitration & Mediation
  • New Jersey, Pennsylvania
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Summary

I have always been interested in family law and am fortunate to have started my legal career as a summer law clerk with Joni Berner and Margaret Klaw over 18 years ago. I am particularly passionate about children, family and civility and enjoy helping clients resolve legal issues as quickly and amicably as possible. I am licensed in both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and am here to help you with your family law matter. In my spare time, I serve on the board at Philly VIP and am the proud mother of a son and daughter.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $400 flat rate consultation $375/hour
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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Pennsylvania
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Professional Experience
Partner
Berner Klaw & Watson
- Current
Berner & Klaw
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Law Clerk
Berner & Klaw
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Education
Temple University Beasley School of Law
J.D. (1999) | Law
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Muhlenberg College
B.A. (1996) | English, Minor in Women’s Studies
Honors: magna cum laude
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Awards
Best Lawyers in America 2016-2020* (Family Law)
Best Lawyers®
Best Lawyers in America 2018-2020* (Family Law Mediation)
Best Lawyers®
Best Law Firms 2017-2019 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia – Family Law & Family Law Mediation – Tier 1 U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers
PA Super Lawyer: 2013-2019**
Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters
Pro Bono Roll of Honor 2012, 2013, 2015-2018 (exemplary pro bono work)
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbell®
Business Integrity Award (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Independence Business Alliance
Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses 2016-2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Business Journal
Brennan Award 2013-2015; 2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono Hours 2016-2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Business Journal
Client Choice – Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania
CorporateINTL
Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses 2013-2015
Philadelphia Business Journal
Distinguished Advocate Award
Support Center for Child Advocates
Pro Bono Publico Award 2007, 2015
Court of Common Pleas – Family Division, Domestic Relations First Judicial District of PA
PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars Edition 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012***
Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters
Pro Bono Publico Award 2010 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Court of Common Pleas – Family Division, Domestic Relations First Judicial District of PA
Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Bar Foundation
Exceptional Service Award – Kids Come First Foster Parent Associations
Local Chapter of National Foster Parent Association
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)
Member
Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)
Member
Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
Chair (2012), Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary;
Current
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The Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court
Executive Committee Member
Current
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Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program Board and Executive Board
Board Member
Current
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Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program Recruitment and Retention Committee
Co-Chair
Current
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Good Shepherd Mediation Program
Board Member
Current
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Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
Volunteer
Current
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Support Center for Child Advocates
Volunteer
Current
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Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Arbitrator
Current
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Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Volunteer Mediation Program
Volunteer
Current
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The Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court (NJ)
Member
Current
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Washington Township, NJ Board of Education
Member
Current
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Young Women’s Initiative of Women’s Way
Board Member, Co-Chair
Current
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Lucretia Mott Society of Women’s Way
Committee Member
Current
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North Philadelphia Schools Advisory Council, Inc.
Board Member
Current
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Temple Law Alumni Association Executive Committee
Board Member
Current
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New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)
Member
Current
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Gloucester County Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)
Member
Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association, Judicial Commission (current)
Investigator
Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)
Executive Committee Member
Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association, Civil Gideon Task Force, Family Working Group (current)
Co-Chair
Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association, Civil Gideon Task Force (current)
Member
Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section Mentoring Committee
Co-Chair
Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section Support and Alimony Committee
Co-Chair
Current
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Philadelphia Bar Association, Judicial Commission
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Will a Philly woman lose her home because of Family Court delays? Samantha Melamed
Philadelphia Media Network – Philly.com
Divorce Practice in Philadelphia (2009 – 2017)
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
Domestic Violence and Custody in Pennsylvania Judy Malmon
Thomson Reuters – Super Lawyers® Magazine
Role of Schools in Transgender Bathroom Laws
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, July 2016)
In It for the Long Haul Nancy Henderson
Thomson Reuters – Super Lawyers® Magazine
Seeing the Whole Client
Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine (Spring 2015)
Impact of the ACA on Family Law Cases
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, March 2015)
Perspectives on Building a Women-Owned Law Firm
The Legal Intelligencer (Women in the Profession Supplement, April 2014)
Professional New Year’s Resolutions
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, January 2014)
What Happened to the Best Interests of the Children?
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, December 2013)
Two Philadelphia Law Firms . . . to Receive Prestigious Philadelphia Bar Foundation Awards
Philadelphia Bar Association
Two Philadelphia Law Firms . . . to Receive Prestigious Philadelphia Bar Foundation Awards
Philadelphia Bar Association
Whose Child is This? Second-Parent Adoption in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine (Cover Story, Fall 2001)
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Berner Klaw @ Watson LLP
1528 Walnut Street
Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
USA
Telephone: (215) 790-8800